Deal signed to open social business centres in four countries


Yunus Centre has signed the agreements with ten universities in India, Malaysia and Spain to open Yunus Social Business Centre at the institutions.

Another memorandum of understanding is scheduled to be signed tomorrow with Kasetsart University of Thailand, Yunus Centre said in a statement today.

With these new ones, the total number of such centres in different parts of the world stood at 26.

One of the MoUs was with Universiti Sains Malaysia, one of the leading public universities of Malaysia located in Penang with about 30,000 students and three campuses.

Prof Azlan Amran, dean of Graduate School of Business of the university, and Prof Yunus, chairman of Yunus Centre, signed the agreement.

The centre signed another MoU with SSM College of Engineering, a leading engineering institution in Tamil Nadu, India.

The centre also signed MoUs with eight universities in Barcelona to create a single Yunus Social Business Centre in the Spanish city.

The participating universities are: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University Polytechnic of Catalonia, Open University of Catalonia, International University of Catalonia, Abat Oliba University, and EADA University Foundation.

A delegation from Kasetsart University is arriving in Dhaka tomorrow to sign the agreement with Yunus Centre.

Kasetsart is the largest public university in Thailand with more than 50,000 students, and also the first agricultural university and the third oldest university in the country.

Yunus social business centres develop and offer courses on social business for students and business executives and also facilitate research in the new business theory.

The centres serve as connecting hubs among academics, social business entrepreneurs and students who are interested in the practice of social business.

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